Hispanics and Latinos make up 27.5% of New York City’s population. This group suffers from foot pain and health issues like any other, yet they tend to be more reluctant to seek professional help. The first step toward wellness is asking your primary doctor to check your feet and give you a referral to a foot and ankle specialist who can offer state-of-the-art care. Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM is a friend to Hispanics and Latinos in the New York City area who are looking for a Spanish-speaking, board-certified podiatrist to add to their healthcare team.
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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Walking in White Plains is a great workout, but what about the aches and pains you’ve noticed lately? Are they cause for concern? Or are they just the inevitable side effect of daily walking? Our White Plains podiatrists have the answers! If you would like more personalized care, stop by to see us at 10 Mitchell Place in zip code 10601. We’d love to help you select the right footwear, fit you with a pair of custom orthotics, perform a gait analysis, treat foot pain with the latest technology, or answer any questions you may have.
When your feet hurt, you want the “best of the best” to treat your pain as quickly and effectively as possible. There is no time to goof around with improper diagnoses, lackluster treatments, or multiple revision surgeries. New Yorkers can get it right the first time by contacting Dr. Josef J. Geldwert at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.
Over the past four decades, this board-certified foot and ankle specialist has made a name for himself in the running community by treating the NY Road Runners Club, the Central Park Track Club, long-distance racers, and Olympic hopefuls. He’s worked the sidelines of races and tennis matches and served as official team podiatrist for professional lacrosse, soccer, and basketball teams. SOLS contacted Dr. Geldwert to serve on their medical advisory board as they launched their new brand of custom orthotics.
But did you know Dr. Josef Geldwert is also an expert bunion surgeon? Most recently, he designed and patented a new hallux valgus and tailor bunion plate. The Geldwert Plate is currently pending FDA approval, with an expected market release around July 1st, 2017.
If you go to a cosmetic foot surgeon and say, “This bunion is ugly. I want it gone,” no one will stop you. If you think it’s worth the pain and aggravation of surgery, plus a three to four-month recovery period, that’s your prerogative. But if you’re asking us – from a medical standpoint, as trained podiatric surgeons – if we feel you need surgery for your bunion, it’s another matter entirely.
While there are over 100 different types of bunion surgery, the Lapidus bunionectomy has become probably the most talked-about method for hallux valgus deformity correction in recent years. As Podiatry Todaypoints out, the Lapidus procedure corrects the deformity at its root, preserves big toe joint function, helps prevent issues like hypermobility and excessive loading, allows for postoperative weight bearing, and improves rear foot alignment.
Bunion surgery is no “walk in the park,” but patients with pain and deformity say it’s worth it “to have two feet again.” Writer and inspirational speaker Lois Fink shares her harrowing tale of real bunion surgery recovery, detailing what it’s like.1https://www.yahoo.com/health/the-shockingly-harrowing-details-of-bunion-surgery-123987347462.html Though she’s not one of ours, we feel her experience helps our prospective bunion surgery patients develop realistic expectations about the road ahead. Naturally, your one-on-one consultation with The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine’s board-certified podiatric surgeons will help you explore your full range of options and prepare you for surgery too, if necessary.
No parent wants to see a child suffer with a physical abnormality, but is bunion surgery really necessary?
Bunions are shifted metatarsal bones that cause the joints of the big or little toes to prominently stick outward and press up against the shoe. They are largely hereditary in nature, but can be exacerbated by improper foot support. Often, bunions are seen in people with tight calf muscles and arch instability. It’s an old myth that only “old ladies” get bunions; in fact, up to 30% of adolescents are affected by the condition.
Being a young person with a bunion is psychologically difficult due to the pressures put on those who are deemed “different” in any way. Furthermore, it’s difficult to find shoes that fit well. The constant rubbing and irritation can cause chronic pain, which is usually what brings people to see the NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan or Westchester.
The latest series of guidelines to come down the pipeline from the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society urge caution and restraint in treating a number of conditions.1http://www.aofas.org/medical-community/health-policy/Documents/Choosing_Wisely_FINAL_9.5.14.pdf Podiatrists may be too quick to offer prescriptions or therapies, telling patients what they want to hear — rather than judiciously recommending treatments based on symptoms and trying the most conservative options first. While this may be frustrating to patients — especially ones who have recently switched foot doctors — sometimes less is best in this industry. Here’s what the society recently had to say about everything from bunions and flat feet to plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuromas.
Mr. Tan Wen Jie was a 21-year-old undergraduate student with painful bunions.1http://www.todayonline.com/daily-focus/health/bunion-surgery-now-offers-more-pros-cons?singlepage=true He’d had problems with the bony protrusions since he was 10, but it began to worsen significantly when he had a job that required him to be on his feet all day. He began shifting his gait to accommodate the bunions, which caused a stress fracture in his opposite foot. He found he was passing on outings with friends, unable to find footwear, and unable to do his regular exercises because of the pain. Patients like Tan Wen Jie, whose day-to-day activities are hindered, and who suffer tremendous toe joint pain are excellent candidates for bunion surgery. With advances in modern technology, patients with bunion pain no longer have to suffer.
Bunion surgery is not what it used to be. New procedures and fixation techniques have allowed patients to move to a special surgical shoe or walking boot for physical therapy right away, with full recovery possible in just six weeks. As fellow surgeon Dr. Luke Cicchinelli from Arizona put it: “Bunion surgeries have been performed for more than 100 years. Techniques used today ensure minimal pain, earlier and improved mobility, and decrease the likelihood that a bunion will return later in life.”
There is still a divide among foot and ankle surgeons as to whether to send bunionectomy patients immediately to physical therapy or to advocate a period of “taking it easy.” Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we have seen great results advocating post-surgery physical therapy. Today we’ll discuss the three main benefits of early weightbearing following bunionectomy.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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